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Apprenticeships, News

Meet the new Head of Apprenticeships, Business & Community at Bath College

 

Bath College has appointed a new Head of Apprenticeships, Business & Community.

 

Paul Gilmore has worked at Bath College for 16 years, starting as a lecturer in joinery before progressing to Head of Technology in 2018 and into his new role this Spring.

 

His new remit is to oversee the development of Apprenticeships, Love2Learn leisure courses, free courses and Adult Community Learning.

 
Bath College is the largest provider of apprenticeships in B&NES, so Paul’s first objective is to work with local businesses to develop the apprenticeship provision to suit local demands.
 


How do you plan to improve quality of delivery of apprenticeships?

By ensuring the apprenticeship is tailored accordingly to suit the needs of the employers and the individual, the apprenticeship will be planned in a partnership with the employer to make sure that a high level of training take place at college and whilst the apprentice is in the workplace. The progress of the apprentice will be closely tracked and monitored by the assessment team to ensure the development and skills of the apprentices meet employer’s needs and the training needs of the apprentice. The college is also committed to providing high quality facilities for all college based training which is complimented by highly qualified staff who undertake regular continuous professional updating.
 

How do you plan to improve communication with employers?

We aim to provide an effective and timely recruitment service to our employers to meet their requirements and organisational needs, communication with the employer will take place frequently as part of the apprentice’s progress reviews meetings. We value input from our employers as this helps shape and develop our apprenticeship offer.
 

How is Bath College meeting employers’ needs?

The college will continue to review its apprenticeship offer in collaboration with our employer network to ensure it is fit for purpose and meets our local, regional and national economic needs and skills shortages. As a college we are aware the changing landscape in the workforce and we remain committed to training and upskilling employees and apprentices that benefits our employers and the relevant sectors.
 


What benefits do apprentices get from their Bath College apprenticeships?

Any Bath College apprentice will be fully supported and guided through their apprenticeship programme which will encourage the individual to take ownership over their own development and career progression. The additional advantages of being an apprentice ranges from earning whilst being trained and receiving a national recognised qualification at the end of apprenticeship programme.
 
To find out more about apprenticeships at Bath College, click here.
 

Bath Rugby Foundation Bath College Advantage students

Adult Community Learning, News

Bath College and Bath Rugby Foundation work with young people to boost confidence and employability skills

 

Bath College and Bath Rugby Foundation have been running a Summer course working with unemployed young people to improve their job prospects.
 
The Advantage course is in partnership with the Department of Work & Pensions and Bath Rugby’s charity and is for 18 to 24 year olds who are, or in danger of becoming, NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
 
Working with Bath Job Centre, the course was created to not only encourage young people to enrol on college courses or gain the confidence to find job roles, but also to create a peer support group within them in which they could encourage and support each other on their journey.
 
The learners started the course finding it difficult to engage and ended with enthusiasm and a new-found confidence.
 
The opportunities the Advantage students have gained access to have been very broad, with one offered a place on a performing arts course at college; one enrolled on a sports coaching course; one has moved into supported housing after being homeless and sofa surfing; one has created a CV and is volunteering in order to gain experience in a retail environment; one is starting volunteering in a youth drug and alcohol support group with a view to becoming a youth support worker or counsellor, drawing on his own experiences.
 
Leah being filmed at the RecLeah (left), who has just completed the Advantage course said: “I have enrolled on a college course as I have enjoyed this course so much that I want to continue. It has made me feel safe and confident and I have had fun too.”
 
Luke found his confidence while completing the course: “This course has given me something that school and college didn’t manage to. I now know what I want to do and this makes me get up in the morning. I now have self-belief that I can make something of myself and this motivates me to get up.”
 
Joe Aygul, Employability Officer at Bath Rugby Foundation said: “Working in partnership with Bath College this summer has been incredible, we have been able to create a unique and bespoke training course that has without doubt positively impacted the lives of young people in our community.
 
Advantage students on interview day“Watching our students grow in confidence over the past five weeks has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career. The journey these young people have been on in this short time has been remarkable, from starting as un-engaged ‘NEETs’ at the beginning of the course to now leaving us with aspirations and opportunities for further education, employment and training.
 
“The future looks bright for these guys and the team at Bath Rugby Foundation look forward to collaborating with Bath College again in the future.”
 
Anna Wheeler, Community Engagement Manager at Bath College said: “The Advantage programme has been so much more than a collaboration between Bath College and Bath Rugby Foundation to upskill a group of young people. It has been innovative and dynamic with input from a huge range of local partner organisations and experiences both challenging and exciting.
 
“The group’s confidence has grown alongside new skills and experiences and every member of staff involved has been inspired by the enthusiasm, talent and positivity they have shown”.
 
For more details about the ‘Advantage’ course, visit: www.bathrugbyfoundation.com/advantage
 

Adult Community Learning, Fair, News

Success at the Adult Community Learning Christmas Fair

 

On Friday the 7th December, a group of our hard working Adult Community Learning students ran stalls and sold their own hand made Christmas gifts and decorations at the St John’s Christmas Fair. They had an incredibly successful day of sales, selling out all but one of their boxes before 1:30!

 

At Bath College, the Adult Community Learning programme provides a wide range of courses aimed at those who want to improve their chances of finding work, support their family or live independently. These courses will involve free English and Maths assessments to those who have not already obtained a C or above at GCSE. The courses themselves are led in small groups by supportive and experienced tutors, and will always be fun and engaging!

 

The group have spent the past few weeks creating beautiful jewellery and Christmas decorations in preparation for the St Johns Christmas Fair, this was held in St Johns Chapel alongside the seasonal Bath Christmas Market, so they were not pushed for custom. The products themselves have been made from wire and beads, and show a creative flair and attention to detail.

 

(some of the jewellery created by the group)

 

During the fair the students manned their own stall, engaging directly with customers and selling their own products. This was great people facing and customer service experience, and each student was professional and friendly. One of the students, Martin stated that the day was ‘Really successful and the group really enjoyed it and did really well’, I think we can agree with Martin, as the group nearly sold all their products!

 

(A photo by Heather)

 

Heather, another student took her camera along to take photos of the fair and products, Heather was extremely proud of everything the group has created and said ‘I decided to take my camera along to take photos to show how well we did and how good our crafts were.’.

 

(A Photo by Heather)

 

Overall the day was a great success, and we are so glad to see all the hard work our Adult Community Learning students put in pay off. We hope all the students had a good day and we wish them all the best for the future!

 

Adult Community Learning, Awards, News

Adult Community Learning students receive their Certificates whilst enjoying afternoon tea

At the beginning of the month our Adult Community Learning students received their hard earned certificates alongside some delicious afternoon tea and cakes.

 

At Bath College, the Adult Community Learning programme provides a wide range of courses aimed at those who want to improve their chances of finding work, support their family or live independently. These courses will involve free English and Maths assessments to those who have not already obtained a C or above at GCSE. The courses themselves are led in small groups by supportive and experienced tutors, and will always be fun and engaging!

 

All the students have been working hard towards their English and Maths qualifications, and some of them even achieved 3 or 4 different awards, an incredible achievement! Each learner has taken the biggest step in coming back to College to achieve these qualifications and we couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and dedication that they have showed towards their work.

 

 

Sharon Purvis read each award out, these were then given out by Laurel Penrose, Bath College Principal. Each student got the opportunity to have a photo taken with their awards to mark the day, and will be given these to take away as a memento. After the awards were given out Laurel addressed the whole group, stating:

 

“Thank you for being part of the college and for showing the tenacity to complete the course. Congratulations!”

 

 

 

It was then time to enjoy some afternoon tea and cake, to really celebrate the day’s achievements. There was such a good atmosphere, everyone was laughing and celebrating receiving their certificates. One learner said:

 

“I would like to say to anyone who is thinking of doing an English course, do it. Please don’t do what I did and put it off for so long. I had no skills at the start but I’ve worked to gain Level 1 and 2. I have met some wonderful people and I look back with pride in myself.”

 

We really couldn’t be more proud of our community learning students, and we are looking forward to seeing where they’re new qualifications take them!

 

If you would like to sign up to an Adult Community Learning course, or would like some more information, you can find all the information and contacts here

Roots to Work Students

Adult Community Learning, Events, Fundraising, News

Bath College ‘Roots to Work’ students grow in confidence after successful plant sale at Bath City Farm

 

A group of Bath College students have successfully completed a course in which they put on a hugely successful plant sale at Bath City Farm, all the while gaining skills in business planning, marketing, IT, budgeting, customer service as well as developing practical gardening skills.
 
 
The ‘Roots to work’ programme in partnership with Julian House is one of many free Adult Community Learning courses that Bath College run.
 
The students worked twice a week at Bath City Farm for 9 weeks growing hundreds of plants from seed, while also creating promotional materials for their sale.
 
 
The course is designed for anyone who needs to build confidence to get into the work place, whether they have been out of work for a number of years or have yet to be successful in securing a job.
 

The sale was held at the beginning of July up at the farm and the students had hundreds of herbs, vegetables and flowers for sale. With each item being £1-£5 they were very affordable.
 
 
Families were welcomed to the farm with brightly coloured ‘Roots to Work’ bunting made by the students and tables full of every plant you can think of.
 
The students were delighted when it was revealed that they had raised £400 for charity from their carefully nurtured plants. They decided to donate £100 to Bath City Farm for hosting them and £300 to Julian House.
 
Andy Charlton from Julian House commented that: “It has been fantastic to see the positive change that the course has had in those who have been involved.
 
“We are incredibly pleased that everyone really enjoyed the experience and are now keen to implement and develop the skills that they have learned on the course, it has helped to boost aspirations for the future.”
 
For more information about Adult Community Learning courses click here.
 
 

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